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Extra Swim Class At City Heights YMCA Becomes Gender, Immigrant Issue

Sorry. I can't do you homework for you. But here's an easy way for you to get started:
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/sim...
It's the Koran with a simple search feature. Type in various words like: unbeliever (anyone who is not Muslim), friend, fight, strike, witness, punishment.
Do that and you're on your way to greater understanding.

July 20, 2012 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Extra Swim Class At City Heights YMCA Becomes Gender, Immigrant Issue

If we're going to disregard the principle of separation of church and state by applying Islamic doctrine (Sharia law) to management decisions at public facilities, then to understand the important global context of this backyard issue, it's probably best if we first look at the sources of that doctrine for greater understanding of the big picture. Ramadan begins Friday (7/20) and Muslims worldwide will be reading the Koran from cover to cover as a devotion during their holy month. Non-Muslims (unbelievers) could read it for educational purposes. In addition, it's probably a good idea to look around the world (many European cities are struggling with this) at the existence of parallel societies where colonization v. assimilation leads to populations of people who reject their host country's legal system, social system and norms, etc. because they believe that their religious laws supercede the laws of their new land. Taking it a step further in understanding Islamic doctrine, one could study the recent history of a microcosm like the Maldives. If people truly want answers to the questions they're asking, the information is out there. Best wishes to all.

July 18, 2012 at 6:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Extra Swim Class At City Heights YMCA Becomes Gender, Immigrant Issue

"Thank you all for the kinder tone you are taking--this helps grow the conversation instead of shutting it down."
Interesting. Is this a subtle warning? JeanMarc's observation just prior to this comment opens the door to lead the conversation in the direction it went in the previous column: addressing the question of whether gender-segregated classes enable ideological misogyny, and the role of the classes in the broader picture of assimilation vs. colonization.
The last conversation on this public forum was censored and then aborted by the KPBS staff, more because of what was said, not how it was said. The staff disagreed that there is a bigger picture to be considered. It will be interesting to see from this point if the conversation is allowed to continue, or if provincial attitudes prevail.

July 16, 2012 at 5:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Extra Swim Class At City Heights YMCA Becomes Gender, Immigrant Issue

"We talk the talk in terms of embracing diversity, but when it comes to actually practicing diversity, we don’t actually do a very good job...”

So much irony, so little time. Have you considered, KPBS and others, that it is Muslims who are not embracing diversity by not participating in regularly scheduled classes and programs.

July 14, 2012 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

My comment was completely appropriate and on topic. Good thing I got a screen shot. I'll be contacting you soon.

July 5, 2012 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

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July 5, 2012 at 6:20 a.m. ( )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

CaDef: Exactly what you think is off-topic is exactly what others believe to be at the exact heart and soul of this issue, which is that there is a much bigger picture than most can see yet. (see previous comments)

Re: separate but equal... uh... that was overturned in 1954, Can we please keep moving forward?

Also, to understand why Koranic verses are indeed part of the debate, you can read the Koran online on many different sites.

July 4, 2012 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

Dogs in public places, etc. is most definitely part of the issue: Listen to the tape! Follow the discussion on here carefully. It's been spelled out quite clearly.

I am voicing a complaint about the people who wish to limit the civil liberties of a free people enjoying free speech and free thought on a Community Discussion forum. The comments requesting removal of opinions that they don't agree with are offensive to a free people. They are a distraction from the real issues, and the accusations ('trolling') are rude and uncalled for.

July 4, 2012 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

KPBS - Cannot stop thinking about an organization that receives public funds seeking to limit individual freedoms on this day to celebrate freedom. Does your legal representation know you're doing that?

Heading out to enjoy this great Independence Day in this great country, and hoping that concept is somehow renewed in the KPBS staff. Happy Birthday, USA!!!!!

July 4, 2012 at 8:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

I am in shock that a KPBS representative would call for and actually threaten censorship of a very robust and thoughtful discussion on this Community Discussion forum. What? Are certain members of the Public not allowed to comment because of a few weak complaints? You're kidding, please. The people who think that the comments are off-topic are mistaken. Of course this is a discussion of the rights and role of women is Islam. How could religion not be discussed? How could you so easily throw free speech under the bus? You cannot. Constitutional protections apply even if you're feeling uncomfortable with the topic at hand, or you're afraid that certain comments may make others angry, or whatever pressure you're feeling that would compel you to chastise one person specifically, when others have perhaps crossed the same line you've drawn. What exactly does the P in PBS stand for? I seriously question your commitment to the public you serve, not just those with whom you might agree.

Tomorrow is Independence Day. July 4th. Of all days, we need to recognize that there are many values served by the protecting of Free Speech. The discovery of Truth is impossible without the freedom to allow disagreements, even if they are personally upsetting to us. Yes to Freedom. No to censorship. Happy Fourth of July.

July 3, 2012 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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